Kenworth T910 Design Hints? The new Kenworth W990 video has stunning views of Nevada’s Mojave Desert, bridges and a mighty good -looking truck. The story shows an interesting comparison – Aussie and US trucking needs are different .
The big prime mover with a long bonnet. It is an owner driver favourite. However, due to the low GCM rules in North America and the smooth interstates, the size of the truck is more important than the tough hardworking components underneath, like chassis, suspension and driveline.
If both markets prefer a big rugged prime mover design, but have different requirements for the task it needs to handle, then it would be logical to amortise the cost of developing a new cabin and bonnet for such a truck across as many markets as possible. The cabin and bonnet for the US could well end up as the basis for the design of the planned T910.
This is where we come to the W990, released by the Kenworth organisation in Las Vegas this week. The truck looks the business with the big highway cabin with the high sweeping cabin roof going back over sleeper options on 40 inch, 52 inch and 76 inch cabins. Underneath is a different story, it offers the kind of thing the long haul US truckie longs for, a low ride lightweight chassis, a Paccar MX 13 litre engine and the Paccar own-brand AMT.
This is very different from the heavy duty reinforced chassis, 18 speed gearbox, heavy duty diffs and 46,000lb plus rear end, which would be on the specification lists for many Kenworth buyers here in Australia. There’s no reason why an adaptation of the W990 cabin and bonnet couldn’t sit on top of these components, however.
The video gives us a good idea of how the Kenworth designers are thinking and the kind of components at their disposal when creating the W990 for the US. From the video, photos and limited technical data available at the launch, we can only surmise exactly what we will get and what we won’t.
The basic shape of the front section of the cabin look to be one of the items which will carry over, as does the cabin dash layout. The sleeper designs are likely to be different for Australia, our roads are way too rough for these US cabins to survive. With thanks, Diesel News
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Torquepower Sales manager Paul Duce, celebrates his fifth anniversary with the family-run Cummins parts hub at Archerfield this month. Despite his youthful looks, Paul has two grown teenagers; 18 and 17 – and over 20 years of Cummins experience, after following his Dad – Noel Duce into the Cummins parts business. Noel was well known to many industry stalwarts, and now lives in retirement in rural north-eastern Tasmania. Paul started at Cummins South Pacific in Brisbane as a Stores person in 1997 and was posted to Mackay as Parts Manager in 2008. He then returned to Brisbane in 2013 to manage engine and new parts sales at Torquepower.
It’s probably fair to say that Paul has accrued more Cummins parts info than the rest of us will ever learn. Why does he love the work ? “ There no better satisfaction than finding a part with a limited amount of information and using it to help that Cummins operator out of a pickle – it’s kind of addictive ! “
“I appreciate that we are truly customer-focused here at Torquepower, and that we go to any lengths to help … also, our core values match. It’s always gratifying when I get out on the road to visit customers and have people recognise me, and they also ask after my dad “
Paul started his working life as an apprentice automotive technician with Denmac Ford, then began a career with Cummins that spanned 16 years. Initially employed as a warehouse storeman, Paul became a trade qualified parts interpreter and progressing to Customer Support Representative at Cummins in Brisbane, Paul was appointed Cummins Parts Manager in Mackay for five years before returning to Brisbane to be with family.
As Torquepower’s Parts and Sales Manager for the past five years, Paul has enjoyed the challenge of small business and managing a small but experienced team. Going out of his way to problem-solve for customers and staff is a real strength. A family man, Paul says,“ family and friends are really important to me.“
Torquepower ex-Army Clement is a warehouse hero. Clement ( Poly) Poland, and his 6 siblings were born in Perth and grew up with an Army Engineer Dad . A mechanical kid, Clement would bush-drive old Falcons and then fix engine parts and panels . He attended Star of the Sea and Colby Catholic Colleges , and left at year 10 to attend TAFE to Fast Track senior subjects so he could join the army.
An Army Reserve member since the year 2000, Clem was a mechanical operator and forklift driver for private companies, and joined the ARA ( Australia Regular Army) as a transport driver . He drove Mercedes Benz, Unimog’s, 1980 Mack 3 axle R series , Mann and Fleetliner trucks, and learnt Bulk Fuel operations and dangerous goods.
Overseas in Iraq in 2006 and 2007, Clement was a protection party driver on the huge Taleel US Army Base for the Tour de Force troop entertainment and morale group . Other duties included driving 13,000 litre diesel fuel tankers distances in Iraq to refuel army units outside the base. Ferrying fuel through “Ambush Alley” kept things interesting, and he enjoyed the camaraderie and mateship.
In the years following, Clement was posted in Sydney, and his first daughter born in 2008. He made a family decision and left the Army in 2009, but stayed in the Reserves till 2012. Since then, Clement gathered a raft of skills driving trucks and supervising warehouses for big West Australian companies, and for Hastings Deering Caterpillar in Mount Isa. A family training organisation was grown many times over with Clement as international business development, and sales and operations management.
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“As a family, with three awesome kids; we enjoy fishing, four wheel driving and camping. I still like to keep up the Army fitness with running and gym, and the kids keep me fit ! “
ATLANTA – Cummins Inc. announced that its Cummins QSK95 locomotive engine is in active service installed in Siemens® Charger locomotives in California, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin.
As displayed at APTA Expo (Booth 1933), the QSK95 uses integrated Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) after-treatment to meet Tier 4 emissions. Combined with Cummins latest-generation Modular Common Rail fuel system (MCR) and turbocharging, it delivers 4400 hp (3281 kW), the highest output of any 16-cylinder high-speed diesel. It enables locomotives to reach top speeds of over 125 mph (201 kmh).
“Versus medium-speed engines, the QSK95 delivers unmatched fuel efficiency and responsiveness with ultra-low emissions and reduced noise, all in a smaller footprint. It supports a 16 percent improvement in fuel efficiency over the non-Tier 4 locomotives that the Charger will replace. The emissions improvement is around 90 percent,” said Melina Kennedy, Executive Director of Cummins Rail Business.
The Charger locomotives, built by Siemens in Sacramento, California, are the first high-speed passenger locomotives to receive Tier 4 emissions certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They are Buy America compliant, using a diverse base of U.S. suppliers including Cummins.
The lighter-weight design enables improved efficiency as well as less maintenance for both the locomotive and the railway infrastructure. Cummins high-speed QSK95 engine is 30-50 percent lighter and smaller than an equivalent traditional medium-speed engine. The locomotive has a fuel capacity of 2,200 gallons and is three times more efficient per passenger than comparable two-person car travel.
Locomotives are currently operating from hubs in Oakland and Chicago. Brightline’s passenger rail service, connecting to South Florida and later on to Orlando, will operate from West Palm Beach. In 2018, there will be a further hub in Baltimore. The locomotives are being supported by close collaboration from Siemens and the local Cummins distributors to ensure high levels of equipment uptime.
“To date, we have delivered 70 out of the 80 engines initially ordered. Based on the positive feedback so far, we expect demand to continue as more projects come on-line,” added Kennedy.
Picture and content credit – www.cumminsengines.com
The Federal Government reports that 32 concrete girders, each the length of a fully-grown blue whale, have been installed as part of construction on a new overpass west of Toowoomba, Queensland.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said duplication of the Warrego Highway between Toowoomba and Oakey was ramping up, with the major engineering milestone recently achieved between Charlton and Kingsthorpe.
According to Mr. Chester, the installation of the girders for the new overpass at the intersection of Kingsthorpe-Haden Road and Gowrie Mountain School Road represented a major milestone in the Stage 2 duplication of the Warrego Highway between Toowoomba and Oakey.
“This is a known crash site and safety on the highway will be greatly enhanced once the overpass is opened to traffic in November 2017,” said Mr. Chester. “This $160 million upgrade is one of 15 projects being delivered as part of the Warrego Highway Upgrade Program.”
Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports, Mark Bailey, has said the girders, which measure 25 metres long and weigh 27.7 tonnes, would provide the platform for the new overpass on the highway at the intersection of Kingsthorpe-Haden Road and Gowrie Mountain School Road.
Federal Member for Groom John McVeigh said the girders needed specialised heavy transport to move, and large cranes to lift and place them on the bridge sub-structure.
“The installation of 32 concrete girders formed an important component for the construction of the new overpass,” said McVeigh. “Stage one of the project was completed in July 2016 and the Stage two upgrade between Charlton and Kingsthorpe will vastly improve safety through better separation of opposing lanes of traffic, upgrading several intersections and providing new turning lanes,” said Mr. McVeigh.
The Australian Government has committed $128 million towards the $160 million Toowoomba to Oakey Duplication Stage 2 (Charlton to Kingsthorpe) project, with the Queensland Government contributing $32 million.
The $635 million Warrego Highway Upgrade Program is funded by the Australian and Queensland governments on an 80:20 funding split arrangement.
With thanks, TMR and Roads Online. Photo credit; Maranaplusmore.com.au www.torquepower.com.au